One Master

2 One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. 3 The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand (Romans 14).

“To make of no account, to despise utterly”—this is the meaning of the word “contempt” here. It is to think of someone as a big fat “zero”—and that’s just not very nice! The context is whether or not it is appropriate for believers to eat meat that has been sacrificed to idols. Those who have no problem in their conscience should not despise (regard as “zero’s”) those who do have a problem, and those who do have a problem should not condemn those who do not.

Each is to give the other to the Master and let Him deal with them as He sees fit. In other words, concerning this issue (and other non-essentials), it’s just none of our business what another brother or sister does. That is between them and their Master. We are not masters of each other—God is the Master, and He is the kind of Master who will always make His servants stand. He never casts His servants out.

Lord, we thank You that You are the only Master—and that You are such a loving and gracious one! In those non-essential issues of life, You will always makes us stand. You will neither judge us nor condemn us. Help us This Day not to do these things to others. Amen.